Job offer for PhD Students or Junior Professor

The chair

The chair has a long tradition in research based on applied economic theory. Members of the chair published on economic growth, international trade, business cycle models and search and matching models. We also have a strong interested in behavioral economic theory with own work on stress and emotions more generally. Recent months have witnessed intensive research on the CoV-2 epidemic. Cooperation across disciplines is active and ongoing. We also have some media presence on “traditional topics” and on CoV-2 research.

Once the current epidemic is over and attention can be redirected to more fundamental questions again, we plan to return to topics like cognitive and non-cognitive skills, emotional and social skills (for some early thoughts see a short paper) and “stress and coping”.

The chair offers lectures and tutorials at the Bachelor, Master and PhD level. Our Department runs a joint PhD programme with the Universities of Frankfurt and Darmstadt. See GSEFM for more details.

What we can offer

We offer 1.25 positions. They can either be filled with one post-doc/ junior Professorship (JProf, 100% position) or with two PhD students. The post-doc/ JProf position would be a non-tenure track position for a total of six (3 + 3) years. PhD student positions would be for four years.

Post-docs/ JProfs teach 4 SWS (“Semesterwochenstunden“), i.e. 2 lectures of 90 minutes each over a period of 13 weeks in the summer and 15 weeks in the winter term. Lectures could be replaced by tutorials. The topic of the lectures will be agreed upon. Teaching can take place at the Bachelor level (3rd year), at the Master level (not mandatory courses) and in the PhD programme.

What we are looking for

The position for a post-doc/JPRof is linked to the Chair in Macroeconomics but enjoys a lot of independence in terms of research and teaching. Naturally, themes that relate to the interests of the chair promise higher mutual benefits.

Applicants for PhD positions should have developed some ideas about their potential research activities and should be highly motivated to work intensively and with persistent motivation on a topic for a long period of time. We strongly value intrinsic motivation. We look for someone who shares our research interests and offer constructive and publication-focused supervision.

Knowledge of German is a plus but not a must. The position can be filled as of 1 October 2021, potentially also 1-2 months earlier. Please send your application to Silke Bernardi (

All interviews will be undertaken online upon mutual agreement.